Meaning of “silent letter” in the English Dictionary

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"silent letter" in British English

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silent letternoun [ C ]

uk /ˌsaɪ.lənt ˈlet.ər/ us /ˌsaɪ.lənt ˈlet̬.ɚ/

A silent letter in a word is one that is written but not pronounced, such as the "b" in "doubt"

(Definition of “silent letter” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)